GOVERNMENT has engaged the Kafue District Council to submit the masterplan for the Kafue District Iron and Steel Multi Facility Economic Zone.
This follows President Edgar Lungu’s pronouncement in his inaugural speech that Kafue town should be converted into an Iron and Steel Facility Economic Zone and develop it into a centre of excellence for local industries.
President Lungu said the economic facility zone was meant to induce the revamping of the economic status of Kafue and spearhead the industrialization programme for the country.
Commerce, Trade and Industry ministry public relations officer Godfrida Chanda said the ministry was in the process of putting up strategies on how the Kafue district Iron and Steel Multi Facility Economic Zone would be developed.
Ms Chanda was speaking in an interview in Lusaka.
“The ministry is excited with this pronouncement as it is in line with our engineering strategy paper which was developed with the support from Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA).
“As you know, the pronouncement was recently made, so we are still in the planning stage on how to develop it. We have instructed the Kafue District Council to submit the masterplan for the Kafue District Iron and Steel Multi Facility Economic Zone,” she said.
Ms Chanda said the declaration would be done in line with the provision of the Zambia Development Agency (ZDA) Act of 2006.
She said the directive to Government officials to make
investments in agro-based activities in order to lead a green
revolution would enable the civil service to be more self-reliant.
She explained that it would also improve civil service standards of living unlike the current situation of depending on their salaries only.
Ms Chanda however said what was needed was the initiation of supportive and sustainable programmes that would empower Government officers and enable them acquire and invest in various agro-based activities.
“The Government officers need to have proper investment revenues or capital base and production inputs as start-up tools for their ventures,” she said.